Inkscape

RATING:

4.4

(497)

About Inkscape

Inkscape is a vector design tool for designers of all kinds across a wide range of industries. It provides professional-grade design formats that can be exported as needed. The tool can be used to create logos, illustrations, and other art. The Inkscape application can be downloaded to Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux devices. With this application, designers can access drawing, shape, text, and other object creation tools. It also provides object manipulation capabilities, such as transformations, grouping, layers, and alignment. Fill and stroke features include a color selector, gradient editor, pattern fills, dashed strokes, and more. Inkscape supports various file formats including SVG, PNG, PDF, DXF, and others. Inkscape is free and open-source software licensed un...

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Inkscape Pricing

Inkscape is free and open-source software licensed under the GPL.

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Inkscape Reviews

Overall Rating

4.4

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

4

Value for money

5

Functionality

4.5

Most Helpful Reviews for Inkscape

1 - 5 of 498 Reviews

Nicole

Non-Profit Organization Management, 2 - 10 employees

Used less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

Reviewed July 2022

Best free tool similar to Illustrator

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Evelyn

Verified reviewer

Marketing and Advertising, 2-10 employees

Used daily for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

2

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed August 2022

My Vector Design System

For me, this is an extraordinary design software, super intuitive to use, handy since it possesses a portable version, and the vector image format is great for building icons compatible with almost any website out there.

PROS

It is Completely free. The user-interface works phenomenal. Designing is super straightforward.

CONS

The layers management and some other fancy features from paid alternatives are missing.

Reason for choosing Inkscape

It is a free software with super intuitive features, lightweight and fast.

Reasons for switching to Inkscape

In the first place I wanted a free software, but, after using Inkscape for a while, I found myself more productive designing in this software than using any other with more complexes user-interfaces and tools managements.

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Lisandro

Verified reviewer

E-Learning, 2-10 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed November 2019

Without Inkscape I would have fail as a designer

Right now, Inkscape is indispensable for me and my design career. Even though Inkscape is an open-source and free application, that doesn't mean it's inferior to paid alternatives in any way. Sure, Illustrator has its great set of features, but Inkscape is nowhere lesser. I have not needed to switch to any other alternative. It gets the job done really well! Love it!

PROS

It is very easy to use. It has a very friendly interface. It's really feature-packed. It has some out-of-the-box features equivalent to those in Adobe Illustrator but for free! It's open-source and get updated regularly. I love you can even work with PDF files natively. Also, I rely on the "trace bitmap" feature a lot: it's great to reuse royalty-free bitmaps on a quick design or just for inspiration. Inkscape is amazing and free!

CONS

I WISH it supported the Adobe Illustrator format (ai) but it's too much to ask as that is a proprietary file format. Also, some fundamental actions are complicated to implement: for example, setting default document properties shouldn't require to save a file in a specific folder or exporting your artwork as a .jpeg file shouldn't require an extension; those actions should be more straight forward.

Reason for choosing Inkscape

Adobe Illustrator is really expensive. I was just starting as a designer, so I had no money. Inkscape is free and doesn't lack too many features when compared. So it was the way to go.

Anonymous

2-10 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

3

EASE OF USE

2

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

FUNCTIONALITY

3

Reviewed August 2021

The cost of free

I like it because it was free and we were a startup so overhead matters. At some point we outgrew our need and the free was no longer enough. Some of the more needed tasks too twice as long to dial in as again the paid alternatives

PROS

Best feature is the price it is free and yes it is a vector software. It does the basics of vectoring and design creation

CONS

Not intuitive It take many mores steps to complete functions compared to paid alternatives

Reason for choosing Inkscape

Main reason was it was free

Luca

Marketing and Advertising, 1 employee

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed February 2024

I've been using it for years

I'm sticking to it after years nevertheless its weaknesses.

PROS

Once you get used to it you can do basically everything illustrator does.

CONS

There are some bugs that have been around for ages. You need to reboot it every time for it to load new fonts. Some operations take a lot of time. Sometimes it is slow and a bit messy. Some features, like gradient management, are confusing.